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    Default Final Drive - Done For The Season

    I went out for the last Z drive of 2013. We're getting our first winter precipitation soon and the roads are likely to be salted. That means I won't be driving her again until Spring 2014. I'm officially calling it quits for the year:



    Anyone else doing the same thing? Take a pic and share in the sorrow...

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    Same here only a couple weeks ago
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    Why would you salt roads?
    Don't worry guys. I'll be driving the Z to Caffeine & Octane on Dec 1 provided it's not raining. The current forecast is good, too.

    I hope you guys have good project lists for your Zs so you don't neglect them over the winter.
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    I put mine away on or about Novemeber 1st each year. This year I am trying something new for my storage precedure. After a thorough wash and vacuum, I put in 6 gallons of 100 octane race fuel and drove it around to get it up to full operating temp. Then put it in the garage without starting it till spring.

    I used to put Stabil in the gas tank on all my cars. This last spring I had problems with my race car due to the crappy unleaded gas degrading. Race fuel does not have all of the extra additives and won't degrade. We will see how it does in the spring.

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    Silly Northahnah, salt is for delicious, deep-fried foods, not roads! Y'all need to move down to a gentler climate, Captain!

    The ugly weather here will come and go. We're expecting about 3" of rain here in VA. Then we'll be off to Richmond in my Z for T'giving with family. The Z is our preferred road car.
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    Mine has been in for a week but gets 'sealed in' in a couple of hours. A few years back I made an insulated barrier out of plywood that sits on the exterior of my insulated garage door. Its got a R20 value and fits very tight.

    Looking forward to multiple projects: refurbishing the steering wheel, rear-view mirror, replacing the chrome on the rear lenses, and exchanging the alternator to name a few.

    As for the gas tank, I fill it to the very top for the off season. I was told to do this with my HD bike and it seems to prevent problems.
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    I'll keep driving my '72 turbo Z except in snow and salty conditions. It's my DD.

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    Even IF they chemically treat the streets here, we just wait for good soaking rain to wash it away.

    She's not a DD but she's driven daily...

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    I am sitting here watching it snow

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    I know some climates work for all year driving, but not where I am. Once they put the salt down I wait for a good soaking rain as well, but around here that might not happen until March or April.

    As Steve suggested, I've got a project list for the off season. This off season starts with suspension.

    Thanks to my PO, I've got two different mismatching brand strut cartridges up front and poly bushings everywhere that squawk like crazy below 50 degrees F. I'm tempted to rip them all out and replace with rubber. I've also got rear wheel bearings that wobble when you rock the rear wheels at 3 and 9.

    And a relay block to put in for my headlights and starter.
    And a ZX motor to swap in.
    And a new fuel pump check valve.
    and ... and ... and ...

    Salty deep fried roads...

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    Our winter projects will be the completion of our new dock and the refitting of our sailboat. I'd love a warm garage for either of those! As soon as the weather clears, I'll be floating beneath the dock in a leaky little skiff, pulling wire.

    Your project list sounds exciting, Captain! Turbo motor?
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    I took the 240Z for its Winter fuel fill up this morning. I actually hit a few snow flakes on the way back from the gas station. That's how badly I don't want to put it away. I wait until literally, the first flakes. I also put in some Sta-Bil to keep those triples from gumming up. I keep both Z's full to eliminate tank condensation, and in case I need fuel for the generator. They are easy to siphon in a pinch.
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    Down here salt's for Margaritas, we use sand when the roads get slick. Fastwoman you have a winter project that sounds like too much fun. Just this past weekend I installed an 8 camera security system, Night Owl cheapo but it works great, pulled wire for 8 hours in the ceiling of a 40 year old restaurant. It was horrible!
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    I just don't drive it when there's snow or rain. Who knows might be a mild winter here.. They do go nuts with the salt here, so don't want to drive the old girl through that..

    I just start and drive it for short runs on a regular basis in the winter.
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    Been in Richmond since Sunday, visiting my daughter's family, been trying to move down to Port Charlotte, Fla. for the last 7 yrs. Hate the salt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cygnusx1 View Post
    I took the 240Z for its Winter fuel fill up this morning. I actually hit a few snow flakes on the way back from the gas station. That's how badly I don't want to put it away.
    It's comforting hearing other's in the same boat. I didn't want to push it to the first flakes as they often put salt down as a pre-emptive measure. I was out yesterday in my DD and when I came to one intersection, there was a pile of it sitting there where the truck leaked while it was sitting at a red light.

    FastWoman, Naaa. No turbo, just like for like replacement. My current engine runs great, but there's a bunch of non-critical issues that I could fix all at once with a replacement motor. I found a P79/F54 motor from an non-turbo ZX that I was able to see run before I bought it. The current plan is to swap my old motor back into the ZX and sell the whole car off as a parts car. One that will hopefully run well enough that it can drive under it's own power and won't have to be towed.

    I'm kinda surprised you didn't jump all over the check valve thing. Let me say it again... I bought a new check valve to thread into my fuel pump and installation is on project list.

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    No, I didn't miss the check valve, but my brain was dozing and didn't recognize the significance. Pray tell, where did you find a check valve? Or did you figure out how to refurb the old one?
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    Might drag the '71 down to Norfolk at some point over the winter to get some help on a few smaller items, but otherwise they're tucked away as well.

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    My Z is in the garage since two weeks. Already started on my winter project list. Now in the process of making and replacing all the fuel line rubbers and thinking of removing the dash cap and restoring the dash.

    The roads here are made of ZOAB which is a very porous asphalt. Great for preventing spray in wet weather, but very vunerable to damage when below zero and freezing. The solution is: plenty and I mean plenty of salt.
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    Mine has been like this for a while now, the covers and cardboard is to keep the cats claws from getting near the paint.
    Just rebuilt the car last winter but time for some tweaks to the suspension, brakes, tranny and a new sound system.
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    It's snowing outside as I type - It's 17 degrees outside with the wind blowing 20+ MPH. I'm done for the year as well as the DOT salted the roads heavy today. Getting ready for winter projects after Christmas..............now the TV is rolling a Winter Storm Warning for my neck of the woods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casey_z View Post
    This is what I had to face this morning at 5am.
    You weren't out in the Z in that, were you? Keep driving in that and your Z will look that car Blue posted!

    Quote Originally Posted by FastWoman View Post
    Pray tell, where did you find a check valve? Or did you figure out how to refurb the old one?
    Haha! Neither. I'm out of the box. I've figured out an incredibly simple way to use many of the plentiful and cheap check valves that are still available. Lots of options. I'm running one of them on my car now but the install was intended to be temporary. When I take the pump back out this off season, I'll take pics. In the meantime... You can stop worrying about check valve availability. I got everyone covered.

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    <<< You can stop worrying about check valve availability. I got everyone covered. >>>

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